Banty is new Model manager
Published 20/10/2016 | 02:30
Steering Wexford out of Division 4 will be the first challenge for new county football manager, Séamus 'Banty' McEnaney, who takes over from David Power.
The appointment of the experienced Monaghan man completes an exciting period for Wexford, who handed the hurling reins to Davy Fitzgerald a few weeks ago. McEnaney had six years as Monaghan manager before taking over in Meath at the start of 2011. He spent two seasons with the Royals.
He takes over in Wexford at a time when their stock has dropped considerably from the lofty heights which took them to the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final where they lost to Tyrone.
They were relegated to Division 4 at the end of the 2015 league and failed to win promotion this year, finishing third (10pts) behind Antrim (13pts) and Louth (11pts).
They later lost to Kildare in the Leinster Championship and were eliminated from the qualifiers by Fermanagh.
Wexford will be joined by Westmeath, Carlow and Wicklow, plus Leitrim, London, Limerick and Waterford in Division 4 next year.
They will play Carlow in the first round of the Leinster Championship, with the winners facing the daunting prospect of a joust with Dublin in the quarter-final. McEnaney has been appointed on a three-year term with a review option at the end of the second season.
Wexford players appear to have had a direct input to the appointment as a county board statement said that considerable consultation has taken place with key panel members.